Clara sets stage for music spectacle

Last updated 07:38 25/02/2013

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The crowd was treated to a Kiwi music extravaganza at the Classic Hits Winery Tour at Villa Maria Estate last night.

Blenheim's own Clara van Wel opened the concert with six of her solo acoustic creations, including her New Zealand's Got Talent finale number Where do You Find Love?

Playing for her home crowd for the first time since winning the contest was a big moment, van Wel said.

"It was really good to do a proper big live show for my home crowd - I couldn't have done it [won the TV talent show] without them. I did the two songs from New Zealand's Got Talent and I did some new ones too that people wouldn't have heard."

Touring with experienced musicians had taught her a lot, she said.

Longtime New Zealand rocker Jon Toogoood, fronting his newest collaboration, The Adults, took to the stage next, launching into an electronic-fuelled rock session.

AnikaBoh & Hollie were the third act of the evening and quickly got a good portion of the relaxed crowd up on their feet and dancing.

After their set, Blenheim resident Dianne Woolf said: "I really enjoyed that last act. We didn't come for a particular band though, we just came to enjoy the evening."

Another Blenheim resident, Ross Lane, said this was his fifth Winery Tour show and he was enjoying every minute.

Much-anticipated headlining act Fat Freddy's Drop kicked off their first performance in Blenheim as the crowd moved into a party mood, and didn't disappoint with their blend of smooth vocals, dance-floor beats and live saxophone and trumpets.

Picton resident Stuart Barnes said: "It's been a great evening. Fat Feddy's Drop were my favourite by far, anything that gets me dancing has me sold."

Organiser Jane Torrance said more than 1500 concert-goers attended the event, the 14th in a series of 17 shows in a nationwide tour

Concert co-promoter Brent Eccles said he was pleased to be back in one of his favourite spots: "Sensational weather coupled with a spectacular backdrop, [Villa Maria founder and owner] Sir George Fistonich has a unique property here at Villa Maria Winery.

"The artists performed brilliantly and we can't wait to be back here again in 2014!"

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- The Marlborough Express


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